While name badges at parties seem a little outdated, name badges in business settings and people-facing roles are not only useful, but welcomed.

They can also be much more than the boring old laminated name card name badges.

name badgesLet’s explore five of the most cutting edge designs for name badges that can inspire your next event:

1. Green name badges

As we become more environmentally aware and conscious of the damage we are doing to our planet, recycling and eco-friendly manufacturing are pushing to the forefront in badge design as well.

You can create badges from recycled materials, durable fabrics that won’t harm the environment, and get incredibly creative with the design. It’s important that your visitors or attendees understand your motivation behind the badge design, so make sure you highlight it on your website or within the conference pamphlet.

2. QR badges

QR codes have become the all-accepted way of sharing information easily and in an eco-friendly manner.

Instead of creating pamphlets for your conference, you can easily add a QR code to each badge you hand out at an event, which will take visitors to a website showcasing all the relevant information.

QR can also hold contact information about an attendee or speaker, or they can even be used instead of print-out tickets.

3. RFID badges

RFID is short for radio frequency identification, and it sends data from an RFID chip to be read by an RFID reader.

RFID name badges can allow wearers to register for an event or a session, accesses personalized information, but they also allow hosts to keep track of attendance and registration times, and visitors to swap contact details and other information with each other.

4. Smart badges

Badges that utilize smart technology can also be used for ticketing and registration purposes, but they also provide access to personalized data, and again allow event organizers to keep track of all the important event metrics, like number of guests, interest in particular segments of the event, etc.

When you add to that a smart LED light, these badges can light up in different colors via remote control, letting wearers know a session is starting, it’s meal time, etc.

5. Personalized badges

Ultimately, the aim of any name badge is to introduce its wearer, and to even serve as a conversation starter, so the more personalized your badges are, the higher the chances your attendees will feel more comfortable approaching each other.

For example, TED asks their speakers to write “talk to me about” points on their badges, but you can make your version as quirky or as different as you want to, just make sure the idea is in line with the tone of the event.

You can create highly personalized name badges in the UK and let them speak volumes about your employees or event guests.

Final word

Modern technologies allow you to use name badges as more than just introductory aids, and when used right, they can be a great way to monitor the success of an event, as well as help people break the ice and enter into meaningful interactions.